Officials of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Thursday morning, April 19 stopped a passenger jeepney with members of a militant group Kilusang Maralita supporting Vice President Leni Robredo. It was learned that the jeepney is “out of line” or colorum, which is against the traffic rules and regulations.
According to ABS-CBN News, there was a heated exchange of words between LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada and Nestor Lyarano of Kilusang Maralita, who was among the passengers of the kolorum jeepney that was required to stop at Quezon Avenue. Lizada reportedly said the jeepney had no special permit to pass the said route.
“Ang tagal na namin ginagawa ito. Panahon pa nina [former Presidents] FVR (Fidel Ramos), Cory [Aquino], GMA (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo), Erap [Estrada]. Freedom of expression ito,” Lyarano told Lizada, insisting that the passenger jeepney they were using is on a special service, and that they have the right to freedom of expression.
(We have been doing this for a long time, since the time of former presidents [Fidel V.] Ramos, Cory [Aquino], GMA [Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo], and Erap [Estrada]. This is freedom of expression.)
On the other hand, Lizada said that the right to freedom of expression does not mean people can do whatever they want to do. “Okay lang naman kahit special service. Kasal, magsi-swimming, binyag. Pero dapat kukuha ng permit. (It’s Ok if it’s for special service, wedding, swimming, Christening, but you have to get a permit.)” The LTFRB official said.
Apparently, the militant group want to go to the office of the Supreme Court (SC) in Manila to show their support to VP Robredo during the manual vote recount for the vice-presidential race in the 2016 elections. The VP vote recount, which was requested by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, started early this month.
Also on Thursday, the vice president’s camp filed an urgent motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to apply the 25% shading threshold when counting votes. This is after the PET denied Robredo’s request, saying that it was not aware of a Comelec document stating so.